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Canon EF35mm f/1.4L II USM

Canon just announced the successor to their popular EF35mm f/1.4L USM which was release in 1998.

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The Canon EF35mm f/1.4L II USM is the first model to use Blue Spectrum Refractive optics (BR optics), an optical element capable of achieving a new level of sharpness by reducing chromatic aberration when combined with concave and convex lenses. This enables the lens to render superb image quality and performance, making full use of the brightness of a large aperture.

BR optics is capable of correcting chromatic aberration, thus significantly reducing colour fringing, a common occurrence found in large-diameter lenses. In addition to BR optics, the lens is made up of two aspherical lenses and a UD lens, which helps it achieve high image quality across the entire image frame from edge-to-edge.

The newly designed 9-blade circular aperture is able to produce more attractive bokeh effects. 35mm is a great focal length for both Full Frame and APS-C cropped frame.

The new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is expected to be available in Singapore from mid-October 2015. Singapore pricing is not available yet.

Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore 2015

The Canon PhotoMarathon is back in Singapore for the 13th year.

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Date: 22 August 2015
Time: 7am
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Hall C
Registration Fee: (Open / Corporate) $15, (Student) $10

For more info and registration, visit Canon PhotoMarathon website.

Canon launched new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Canon just launched the EF50mm f/1.8 STM, the third generation of the popular EF50mm f/1.8 lens, aka nifty fifty, with a new Stepping Motor (STM).

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The latest version of the EF50mm f/1.8 builds upon the proven and venerable design, with enhanced metal mounts for better build quality and greater reliability, STM drive technology to make the autofocusing virtually silent, and optimized lens coating to suppress flaring and ghosting.

The inclusion of the new STM technology makes the lens viable for video capture – a function important to DSLR users today. This enhanced technology removes unwanted motor noise and makes for an even quieter, smoother, and quicker AutoFocus (AF) in movie shooting, resulting in better video footage.

The EF50mm f/1.8 STM is equipped with a reduced minimum focusing distance of 35cm, 10cm less from 45cm on the EF50mm f/1.8. This allows the user to get closer to the subject for a more up-close shot.

Pricing and availability of the EF50mm f/1.8 STM in Singapore will be advised at a later date. According to some websites, the EF50mm f/1.8 STM will be available in the US by the end of May and retails at US$125.99.

Update on 21 May 2015: The EF50mm f/1.8 STM is now available in Singapore at $189.​

Fireworks at Jurong Spring

My neighbourhood had a fireworks display last Friday evening to celebrate the completion of a multi-storey carpark near the wet market plus completion of upgrading plus lunar new year bazaar opening plus pioneer generation appreciation dinner.

This is not the first time we had a fireworks display in the neighbourhood. We had one in 2013 for National Day Observance Ceremony. Nevertheless, it is still interesting to take photos of fireworks that is not at Marina Bay. Its a good change of location.

Well, the fireworks is nothing compared to NDP or New Year Eve fireworks. But it is still pretty good this time. I managed to find a good spot at the top floor of the newly completed multi-storey carpark. It was a great evening to shoot fireworks with wind blowing the smoke away from where I’m standing. Very happy with my photos.

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

The long rumoured replacement for Canon’s old telescoping EF100-400mm lens is finally here. I was kinda disappointed when Canon didn’t announce the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM during the 7D Mark II announcement. Well, better late then never.

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The new design of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM now allows focus on subjects as close as 0.98m. The maximum magnification ability of the new lens has been improved substantially to 0.31x which is the best in its class. This effectively reduces the minimum focusing distance by almost half, making it possible to shoot very fine details or close-up photos of small subjects.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is suited for daylight and outdoor situations, where backlight flaring and ghosting are legitimate concerns. Canon has used the new ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology to create a special film that includes air spheres filled with low refractive index air, effectively forming a layer with excellent anti-reflective effects and clear rendering.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM also features a significantly enhanced Image Stabilization unit. The lens’ new IS unit provides an IS performance improvement from 1.5 steps to 4 steps and three different modes of optimal stabilization. This help the users tackle the challenges of photographing subjects with irregular movement moving at high speeds easily.

No news on the pricing and availability of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM in Singapore yet. It will be available in the US this coming December at US$2199.